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Avoiding Job Scams - General Tips for Students

As you are conducting your job and internship search it is very important for you to educate yourself about potential job scams. The job search often involves posting your resume to several different job sites with the hope of securing a potential opportunity.
Some folks have become clever enough to pose as a potential employer and use job search sites in an effort to take advantage of an unsuspecting student or alumni. Many job databases allow for legitimate communication to take place between a legitimate employer and applicant. So this is not unusual. However, you should still stay alert!
Some of the language you might find in a phony job lead may include “we received your résumé from your career center.” Should you receive such a message you should not reply and contact your career center to verify legitimacy of both the employer and the email message.

We want you to know that you totally control the right for anyone to view your resume and that the Center for Career Services does not send out student resumes for employers to view. If you post a resume to any job site be sure to explore the options for allowing others to view your document (this control may be found in your profile options).
Tips to Avoid Job Scams
To help you avoid being scammed we have provided some helpful tips and information. How do you know if a job is probably fraudulent? Look for these warning signs:
  • the promise of a large salary for very little work, especially those that state thousands of dollars of income per month with little or no experience required.
  • positions that ask you to give credit card or bank account numbers, or copies of personal documents.
  • jobs that ask you to send payment by wire service or courier.
  • positions in which you are offered a large payment or reward in exchange for allowing the use of your bank account – often for depositing checks or transferring money.
  • while there are legitimate opportunities for individuals to work from home, be sure to research the position in advance of applying.

If you suspect a position is fraudulent, please contact the director of the Center for Career Services or the Career Service's employer relations and programs coordinator. If you believe you are the victim of fraud resulting from a job listing, please contact the local police as well.
Be wary of emails too
Please be aware that there are FAKE job postings being sent via email. If you receive an email that meets the following criteria it's probably not a real job offer. Do not click on any links in that email, DO NOT provide any personal information, and delete the email! Beware if the email...
  • does not indicate the company name
  • offers to pays a large amount for almost no work
  • offers you a job without ever interacting with you
  • wants you to transfer money from one account to another
  • offers to send you a check before you do any work
  • asks you to give your credit card or bank account numbers, or copies of personal documents – but you get nothing in writing
  • says you must send payment by wire service or courier
  • offers you a large payment or reward in exchange for allowing the use of your bank account – often for depositing checks or transferring money
  • sends you an unexpectedly large check

If you see a position in our Jobs4Saints system that you believe may be a scam please notify the Career Services office at 703-284-5960.
What if you have already been scammed?
You should immediately contact the local police. The police are responsible for conducting an investigation (regardless of whether the scam artist is local or in another state).

If it is a situation where you sent money to a fraudulent employer:
  • you should contact your bank or credit card company immediately to close the account and dispute the charges.
  • if the incident occurred completely over the Internet, you should file an incident report or by call the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).

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